Stark, Robert, eminent German clarinetist; b. Klin-genthal, Sept. 19, 1847; d. Wurzburg, Oct. 29, 1922. He studied at the Dresden Cons., then began his career as an orch. player at Chemnitz. From 1873 to 1881 he played the clarinet in Wiesbaden, then was a prof. at the Hochschule für Musik in Wurzburg. He pubi, valuable and practical pieces for his instrument, including 3 concertos and Romanze for Clarinet and Orch.; also a Ballade for Trombone and Orch., Quintett concertante for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon, and Serenade for Oboe and Piano. His instructive works include Die Kunst der Transposition auf der Klarinette, Grosse theoretisch-praktische Klarinett-Schule, in 2 parts, followed by part III, Die hohe Schule des Klarinett-Spieles (24 virtuoso studies).
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